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INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM AREA

Our vision is that teachers share and guide Castle View students through the various curriculum pathways we offer that are tailored specifically to their personal requirements.

These are designed to enrich their knowledge and passion for Science through understanding its impact and influence, locally, nationally and globally.

Whilst we focus and drive success during their time here we also promote and support independent enquiry and the moral and social implications of Science, in order to develop our students holistically.

At Key Stage 3 we have an accelerated program of study that lasts for two years only. It is designed to inspire and aims to ensure everyone makes one sub level of progress per term, allowing one National Curriculum level per year. Nationally, the average expectations at Key stage 3 are that two levels of progress by the end of a three year course are achieved. We aim to achieve one level of progress per year.

At Key Stage 4 we offer several different courses, which have varied entry requirements depending on academic ability, areas of interest and future career aspirations. All courses have equal emphasis on Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Students will be guided onto one of the following pathways:

  • A three year BTEC qualification, which is methodically assessed throughout the year and has one examination worth 25%. This course favours students that are self-motivated and like to work independently, whilst having the teacher to check and bank successfully completed work throughout the year, leading to a gradual, but predetermined and guaranteed qualification. This could be a good basis to go on and take a Science based Level 3 NVQ.
     
  • A three year Core & Additional Science GCSE course, 75% of which is assessed through terminal examinations in the summer term and 25% through a controlled assessment in Year 10 and Year 11. Good grades in this course might allow students to go on to study the Sciences at A-Level or a Level 3 NVQ.
     
  • A three year Triple GCSE course which is a similar structure to the Core & Additional course, but with a vastly increased rate of learning expected, students are able to cover considerably more content and thus making three GCSEs available. (Students should only opt for Triple Science if they enjoy Science). This pathway would form a good basis for going on to study the Sciences at A-Level.

Note: from September 2015 students in Year 9 will start studying the new GCSE qualifications which are based entirely on examinations in the summer term of Year 11. There will be no controlled assessment.

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